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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 16.891J (Spring 2003) 
  • Course Title:
  • Space Policy Seminar 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Daniel E. Hastings
    Prof. Jeffrey Hoffman

  • Course Introduction:

  • 16.891J / ESD.129 Space Policy Seminar

    Spring 2003

    Course Highlights

    Students will learn about the history of the space enterprise, its history, stakeholders, and governing laws. The class will participate in a group project that includes researching, writing, and presenting options for development of a new reusable launch vehicle.

    Course Description

    The seminar explores current issues in space policy as well as the historical roots for the issues. Emphasis on critial policy discussion combined with serious technical analysis.The range of issues cover national security space policy, civil space policy, as well as commercial space policy. Issues explored include: the GPS dilemma, the International Space Station choices, commercial launch from foreign countries, and the fate of satellite-based cellular systems.


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